Meat packing plants are struggling to process enough livestock for consumers during COVID-19. Producers say consumers are stocking up on essentials, including meat, during a time when protecting processing plant employees can be difficult.
The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union represents meet processing plant workers for JBS, which has a meatpacking plant in Hyrum. They have announced that beginning Monday, 1,200 workers at the Hyrum plant are getting a $4-per-hour pay hike, plus increased safety measures, at work. JBS workers will have access to personal protection equipment like masks, gloves and face shields and the company will install plexiglass shields where social distancing is impossible.